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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover

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A highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 58 reviews.

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Dawn Dodson-Webb
Loads better than the old product I always used .
I am stripping a chair prior to shabby chic finish . Product doesn't have the overpowing smell of the run of the mill paint strippers . It's working well & I wouldn't hesitate to use this product again .
Edward Thorne
Does what it say`s
Esay to apply and remove`s varnish with little effort highly recomend this product
Darryl Brand
Better than nitromors
Excellent product,used on metal(alloy) works really fast, only needed to re-apply once.
Jon Harvey
Good product and delivered efficiently
Better than other removers I tried on varnish
Michael Ball
Not nearly as good as I had expected.
Disappointing. Bought to strip an old bedroom door. After five applications and two days work on one side of the door, I still wasn't down to the wood in some places. Did the other side with a hot air stripper in half the time. However, it did work quite well on the bottom layer of old varnish, when used in conjunction with wire wool.
Our feedback:-

I'm sorry to hear that this stripper didn't work well for you. The importance of test areas with products is highlighted here as this would have indicated that this was not the right product for the job. Although Paint Panther will remove nearly all paints and Varnishes, there have been reports of some exceptions. And where this is the case the Peelaway product may work better.
Peter Hughes
Easy and effective.
After using a variety of store bought products, I finally found a product that works.It is easy to apply, fast acting and effective.
A Murphy
Quick and effective - better than some leading brands.
Very efficacious and easy to use. Not as messy as some paint/varnish removers. Certainly not as harsh as others - I used it on varnish - good, clean results.
Robert Webster
Tried others, this was the best.
This product removed more layers of paint than the other strippers I have tried.
Johanna Coyle
BLIMEY!!!! This stuff actually works!!
This is an excellent paint stripper, just one coat took off multiple layers of varnish. I had been used to Nitromors, which is pretty rubbish to be honest, so I wasn't expecting too much success with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used it a sharp filler knife to scrape off the old varnish, and the unit that I used it on looks great. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Excellent product work very well
Really works well I had another product before this that I had to leave for hours and it still didn't do the job. This works very well and quickly
Monika Janus
Brilliant product that does what it should
I was looking for a good product for a long time before I purchased Panther it Paint and Varnish Remover. It saved me so much work as all old paint has been removed without any problem. I would only recommend that if you have very old paint or few layers leave it for longer then its said on the label and job is done.
Ann Bibby
Does what it promises on the tin
After reading the reviews of this product I purchased it to remove varnish off my stairs and balustrade . It removed the old varnish really well first time . Very impressed and I have already recommended this product to a freind
Works well....
Works as per instructions. Easy to use and quick.
Terence Mcnamara
Best paint stripper I have used
Having used other well known strippers which are now useless, I found Paint Panther paint and varnish remover through Wood Finishes Direct and decided to give it a try. It does exactly what it should do and I will definitely use again.
Hannah Reynolds
Easy to use and very effective
Did a great job of stripping old varnish quickly and with very little mess leaving a clean surface for sanding and waxing.
Bruce Henderson
Great varnish stripper, works a treat.
Great product, excellent service. Delivered on time. Would definately use this product and supplier again. On the down side the tins were badly damaged in transit, fortunately they did not burst, so no leakage. No hassle for me, but could be a problem if the tins leaked because of damage. Will send photos if required. Please send email address if photos required.
Our feedback:-
Many thanks for the review Mr Henderson, I'm sorry to hear that you received your goods in this way. Our couriers are usually very good but on the odd occasion can be a little heavy handed as you can imagine. If you would like to send us any photos of the damage please do so to wfdhelp@gmail.com
Philip Blagden
Varnish remover
Fabulous just like the stuff we had in the Navy, not like this Nitromors rubbish!!!!! does what it says on the tin, good stuff
Does what it says on the tin.
Used this to remove varnish on decking which Pressure washing did not achieve. I am not good at DIY but it worked well for me.
David Shaylor
It takes longer than other paint strippers used but with patience is effective
As it is a gel it stays in place but have to be generous with it and patient
Our feedback:-
Removers and strippers sometimes not working correctly is an area we have decided to look into more thoroughly.

Very soon we will be launching a blog post dedicated to this subject. This can be viewed by simply clicking the 'Blog' link at the top of this page.

This will help to answer the question of whether a remover is likely to work and also why many removers no longer work.

In the meantime we can confirm that the vast majority of paints and varnishes CAN still be removed with Paint Panther.
It does work and very quickly, paint was bubbling within minutes. However, only removes a coat at a time.

per litre
5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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